Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Introducing Jackie Watson

When Jackie was sent cards for the holidays and birthdays by her sister over the years, she started getting curious about card making and Stampin’ Up.   She remembers one Christmas workshop in particular that she attended with her sister where she was handed a heat gun and given glitter to play with!  She won’t soon forget that workshop, and the glitter that went everywhere!   Since then, Jackie’s been hooked on Stampin’ Up!  One group that she especially is proud to be a part of is Operation Write Home (OWH) which makes handmade cards for our soldiers to use and send home to their families and friends.

Jackie is in the process of buying a house, so her craft area is in her bedroom (which doubles also as her paint studio!).  She works at her kitchen table, and although she says it’s crowded, she still finds her supplies, lays them out, and gets her beautiful creations done!  She’s often accompanied by her son’s dog, Pearl, a beautiful white pit bull, who lays at her feet to “protect” her while she works.  Although Jackie suffers with Fibromyalgia and the severe pain that can always serve as a grim reminder of her illness, flipping through a magazine or seeing the sun come up for a brand new day can be enough to get Jackie creating, pulling her out of her “stamping slump”.

Jackie loves to try new techniques – she loves to mix inks and paper to make unique designs.  She is particularly inspired by old Victorian posters, and more importantly, by her sister.  She finds herself reaching often for her Big Shot, and will even go so far as to say that it’s her probably her favorite stamping tool. 

What is Jackie’s stamping advice to us?  She encourages us to practice until we discover our own unique stamping style.  Be sure to visit Jackie’s castle on the Royal Blog Tour and enjoy her stamping style!

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